Making Your Pet Part of the Treatment Plan: Why Your Pet is Welcome at Spring Gardens Recovery

Pets can be a powerful part of your recovery journey. Scientific journals are full of studies that show the physical and emotional health benefits that animals provide, and there are countless personal accounts of the role animals play in treatment and other difficult times in life. Pets are not only wonderful, they’re wonderful for us…

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How Do I Apologize?

Apologizing is a part of recovery. It’s a formal part of any 12-Step program, but realizing how we’ve hurt people and how badly we’ve screwed up is a natural part of the process. Sometimes it’s what drives us toward sobriety. Apologizing may be part of recovery, but it’s also a skill that takes work. A…

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Cognitive Distortions: Changing Your Thinking in Order to Change Your Life

“If you think differently, you’ll act differently.” It’s a huge tenet of counseling. Counselors challenge thinking processes in order to change behaviors. Some of these thinking patterns are called cognitive distortions. Cognitive distortions are filters  we set up for recognizing patterns in the world, but they aren’t accurate patterns. We set them up for our…

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The Journey of Becoming New: Recovery & Transition

Transition (n.): When life throws something at us that significantly changes our direction, altering how we view ourselves. Sometimes it’s a good thing–graduation, marriage, parenthood, promotion, retirement. Sometimes it’s not–a spouse dying, “empty-nest” syndrome, losing a job, being a victim of crime. Transitions can be triggered by either something good or something bad, and they…

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